The Washington Post has dropped another bombshell report on the Washington Football organization's workplace culture, this one directly implicating team owner Dan Snyder.
The Post's latest report — authored by Will Hobson, Beth Reinhard, Liz Clarke and Dalton Bennett — chronicles misconduct dating as far back as 2004, five years into Snyder's ownership of the team, and includes personal accounts from 25 women describing their experiences with sexual harassment while working for the organization. Many of them felt compelled to speak out "because they were angered by Snyder’s comments after The Post report last month that detailed allegations from another 17 women, which they read as an attempt to distance himself from the workplace culture described."
That July 16 report exposed three team employees for their alleged improper behavior in the office, leading to two front office employee firings and longtime radio announcer Larry Michael's abrupt retirement.
In this report, the 25 women described to The Post "male bosses, colleagues and players commenting on their bodies and clothing, incorporating sexual innuendos into workplace conversation and making unwanted advances in person or via emails, text messages and social media."
One particular account set in 2008 centers around a photo shoot for the Washington cheerleaders' annual swimsuit calendar. The official team-released video covering the shoot shows the women in bikinis and frolicking in the sand.
"What the cheerleaders didn’t know," The Post describes, "was that another video, intended strictly for private use, would be produced using footage from that same shoot. Set to classic rock, the 10-minute unofficial video featured moments when nipples were inadvertently exposed as the women shifted positions or adjusted props."
The Post continues: "The lewd outtakes were what Larry Michael, then the team’s lead broadcaster and a senior vice president, referred to as 'the good bits' or 'the good parts,' according to Brad Baker, a former member of Michael’s staff. Baker said in an interview that he was present when Michael told staffers to make the video for team owner Daniel Snyder."
Michael adamantly denied that allegation to The Post.
One woman accused Snyder of directly humiliating her, "the first such claim made to The Post," the article notes. The former cheerleader says Snyder approached her at a 2004 charity event, suggesting she join his close friend in a hotel room so they "could get to know each other better."
Former executive assistants to Snyder described, among their daily duties, ensuring that "his bar has an ample supply of Crown Royal XR and that the end of the toilet paper in his private bathroom is folded in a hotel-style point."
They were also advised to heed the following protocols: "Don’t speak too loudly; never eat in front of him; don’t go to the bathroom unless another assistant is available to cover the phones; don’t take a lunch break, but if you must eat at your desk, make sure the food doesn’t smell; clean the owner’s desk each morning, ensuring that his calendar and daily kitchen menu are in the proper locations and that his paper clips all face the same direction."
Read the full article in The Washington Post.